Start-up Slam: Boylan Titans

Rockford, Ill. (WIFR) With a conference and regional title under their belt, Boylan's basketball team is coming off of a year that can be tough to follow up. Though with a group that knows the drill, they're hoping they can rise to the challenge.

After his first season head coach Brett McAllister led the Titans to a 16-0 record in the conference, 27-5 overall. Now having lost seven seniors, including Zach Couper and Kevin Diemer, the team now has to look to new leaders to guide the team. Senior Jack Zuba said it's good to have last year to build off of, but now it's up to them to pave their own way this season.

"We're a younger team than we were last year, last year we had a bunch of seniors, now they're gone," Zuba said. "We're younger in the program this year, even at the varsity level but I'm excited to see what we can do as a team this year. I got a good amount of minutes as a junior, I learned a lot from guys like Kevin Diemer and Zach Couper last year, they showed me the way so, I'm just going to have to take the sophomores and juniors along for the ride and show them what's expected in this program."

McAllister said this time around is all about variety in their group and discovering what kind of team they want to be.

"I think we can be special, I think it's going to take a lot of work, a lot of buy-in from our players, we have 15 guys at the varsity level so it's going to be a case of by that time are we coming together more so than the x's and o's on the floor," McAllister said. "Celebrating each other, completely buying into what the coaching staff is preaching. I'm really excited to see what that team looks like by March."